After trial, victim's family upset that arrest took place in front of accuser

Kyle Rittenhouse's mother speaks out following son's acquittal: “It's not about winning or losing. We, the families, deserved justice for what they had to put up with,' recalls Vicki Lambert. “They deserve help for…

After trial, victim's family upset that arrest took place in front of accuser

Kyle Rittenhouse's mother speaks out following son's acquittal: “It's not about winning or losing. We, the families, deserved justice for what they had to put up with,' recalls Vicki Lambert.

“They deserve help for that,” Lambert tells CNN.

Cases that include people accused of domestic abuse among other crimes have seen prosecutors use technology to record what was said during a confrontation with police. With the right audio, the actual words spoken during a confrontation can be added to a police report to help determine whether the encounter was justified and if the charge was appropriate.

But those cases also usually end with a conviction and with the family being separated from the accused or the victim. The trust between the police and the community is gone.

Yet in the case of Rittenhouse’s case, prosecutors did not move forward with a case that was typically tried before a jury in open court. Instead, the case, which began with Rittenhouse’s arrest on a domestic violence charge in July of 2017, was tried by a prosecutor — at his home — who read from a 35-page motion.

Lawyers later disagreed over a handful of elements in the written motion. But after a four-day trial in October 2017, a jury found him not guilty.

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